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Practices: These are
practices done alone and, perhaps, daily—such as meditation, dream work,
journaling, prayer, and so on. They’re what most people think of when they hear
the words “spiritual practice.”
Communal Worship Practices: Although Unitarian Universalists affirm the
uniqueness and individual nature of a person’s spiritual path, our movement is
also founded on a belief that community is essential to that journey. Regular
engagement with communal worship—the ongoing and collective search for truth and
meaning—is one way of supporting this belief.
Spiritual Partnerships: Spiritual development is hard work, and
most faith traditions affirm the usefulness of companions on the journey. A
spiritual partnership can take the form of participation in a small group, a
one-on-one relationship with another congregant, spiritual guidance with a
minister, or one’s own personal therapy. What matters most is the intentional
relationship with another person and a mutual commitment to the
Mind Practices: Could a program of spiritual development be
Unitarian Universalist without an intellectual component? This is a role of
adult religious education: book studies, film discussions, lectures, adult
forums, scripture studies, courses in UU history, and other RE offerings are all
ways to fulfill this dimension of a “rich, integrated
Body Practices: We know that mind, body, and soul are
interconnected. Doesn’t it make sense, then, that a well-rounded spiritual
practice includes some kind of physical practice? It might be running, sitting,
gardening, tai chi, massage, or virtually anything else that keeps us in touch
with the miracle of our physical selves.
Soul Practices: These are the practices that exercise our
creative selves—drawing, painting, sculpting, music, poetry, and other creative
endeavors. It has been said that the Biblical expression that humans are “made
in the image of God” means that we are made to be
Life Practices: Religious traditions from around the world
agree that we eventually need to take what we do in private and in our
congregations and bring it out into the rest of our lives—in our relationships
with our family members, in our workplaces, in our interactions with
Justice Practices: A fully mature spirituality does not stop
at the goal of transforming oneself, but must extend beyond oneself—to
others—and include a vision of transforming the world.
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Last updated on Monday, April 29, 2013.
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